FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: John Barrow (GA-12), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Ben Chandler (KY-06), David Cicilline (RI-01), Mark Critz (PA-12), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Jim Himes (CT-04), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Steve Israel (NY-03), Bill Keating (MA-09), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Mike Michaud (ME-02), Bill Owens (NY-21), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Betty Sutton (OH-16), John Tierney (MA-06), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Niki Tsongas (MA-03), Tim Walz (MN-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)
A Rationing Board will Control Future Medicare Growth, Treatments
WASHINGTON — Ben Chandler continues to defend ObamaCare’s hugely unpopular Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that risks access to vital care and raises health costs for seniors who have paid into Medicare for their entire working lives. Kentucky seniors need to know that Ben Chandler is threatening their access to care merely to appease President Obama’s big-government agenda in Washington instead of defending their earned right to Medicare.
“Ben Chandler thinks 15 unelected bureaucrats are better suited to make healthcare decisions than nearly 50 million American seniors and their doctors,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “After slashing over $700 billion to Medicare in order to pay for ObamaCare, Chandler’s support for a Medicare rationing board adds insult to injury for current and future Kentucky seniors.”
Chandler voted against repealing the board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. (H.R. 5, Roll Call #126, 3/22/12)
The latest CBO estimate for ObamaCare’s Medicare cuts are $716 billion – over $200 billion more than first estimated. (“Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision,” Congressional Budget Office, July 2012)